Programs At Hanford Mills Museum

Woodsmen’s Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016 10 am – 5 pm

Woodsmen's Festival
Fall Festival showcases logging, sawing and woodworking history

The Woodsmen’s Club from the SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill returns to the festival to demonstrate cross-cut sawing, overhand and underhand chop, ax throwing and other lumberjack skills. Woodworkers from around the region will be demonstrating their craft, and forestry management organizations will have displays. Throughout the day, there will be demonstrations in the water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. Plus, visitors can enjoy music by Bourbon & Branch. Tickled Pink BBQ will be selling lunch and snack items.

“Since the first sawmill was built on this site in 1846, Hanford Mills has been synonymous with wood and wood products,” explains executive director Liz Callahan. “The Woodsmen’s Festival celebrates this long history, as well as the craftsmanship, skill and talent of woodworkers, barn builders, forest managers, coopers, mill workers, and lumberjacks.”

The Museum’s museum shop will be open, offering Mill-made crafts, traditional toys, books and local products. Hands-on activities for kids include playing with gears and simple machines.

The Woodsmen’s Festival is included with regular Museum admission, which is free for children 12 and under, and Museum members.

Museum Neighbors residing in the following zip codes receive FREE admission (with proof of residency): 13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806.